The Covid-19 epidemic has affected the world of transport and logistics with regard to the container demurrages and detentions costs due to the delayed return of the empty containers to the Line or to the prolonged storage of the stuffed containers on the port terminal areas extra the “free-time period”, as it results from the brief insight attached.
Force majeure clauses are one of the main legal issues emerged as a consequence of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic as it results from the brief analysis attached.
SLM continues to look at the impact of Covid-19 on the transport activities (see our previous article dated 14 April 2020) passing to the analysis of the contracts for the international carriage of goods by rail (CIM) in relation to the force majeure events .
Italy has implemented a set of rules to manage effectively the administration of justice during the COVID-19 emergency as it results from the article attached.
The Covid-19 epidemic has strongly affected the transport and cruise industry, and, in particular, the transport of passengers and the performance of package travel as it results from article attached.
SLM provides with a brief analysis of the impacts of the force majeure events in the international contracts governed by Italian law according to the EC Regulation (i.e. Regulation no. 593/2008 -Rome I).
SLM looks at the impact of Covid-19 on the transport activities by starting from the contracts for the international carriage of goods by road governed by CMR Convention in relation to the force majeure events.
The article attached aims provide the Italian companies with the guide lines to be adopted in order to grant the health and safety in the working place following the spread of Covid-19 with special focus on the transport and logistics industries.
The Italian Chambers of Commerce can issue, upon request from the interested companies, specific declarations on the state of emergency due to COVID-19 epidemic (“force majeure certificates”) in order to justify the impossibility to fulfill the contractual obligations within the agreed contractual terms. These declarations will be issued in English language in case Contracts entered with foreign parties.
On 3 April, the European Commission published a decision helping Member States affected by the coronavirus pandemic to temporarily suspend customs duties and VAT on protective equipment, testing kits or medical devices such as ventilators. The measure will apply for a period of six months, with a possibility for further extension.
All Member States, as well as the UK, have agreed to lift customs duties and VAT on imports of necessary medical equipment during the crisis.
The exemption will be applicable from 30 January 2020 until 31 July 2020.